Obama says to put boycott of Olympic opening ceremonies on the table.

SHARE Obama says to put boycott of Olympic opening ceremonies on the table.

LAUREL, MD.Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Wednesday called for President Bush to consider a boycott of the opening ceremonies of the summer Olympic games if the Chinese dont take steps on Tibet and Darfur.

Obama had been considering how to respond to the question of whether Bush should boycott the opening ceremonies for several days. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) said Bush should not go. The White House seems to be keeping its options open. Chicago is making a bid for the 2016 games and any kind of a boycott has the potential of eroding the citys bid with the International Olympic committee.

Statement from Senator Obama on the Olympics: “If the Chinese do not take steps to help stop the genocide in Darfur and to respect the dignity, security, and human rights of the Tibetan people, then the President should boycott the opening ceremonies. As I have communicated in public and to the President, it is past time for China to respect the human rights of the Tibetan people, to allow foreign journalists and diplomats access to the region, and to engage the Dalai Lama in meaningful talks about the future of Tibet. I am also deeply concerned about China’s failure to support efforts to halt the genocide in Darfur. Regarding the Beijing Olympics this summer, a boycott of the opening ceremonies should be firmly on the table, but this decision should be made closer to the Games.

Earlier on Wednesday, during a town hall meeting in Malvern, Pa., asked about what policy should be regarding the Olympic and Darfur and Sudan, Obama said we have to take a stronger stance when it comes to China.

In our policy towards China, we have not been consistent enough and tough enough and pushing them to deal with Tibet properly, but also their continued support of Sudan, a country that has

been engaging in genocide against the peoples of Darfur.

We have to take a stronger stance. We have to take a stronger stance and it’s got to be

more consistent over time. Let me make one last point about China, its

very hard to tell your banker that he’s wrong, alright? And if we are

running huge deficits and big national debts and we’re borrowing money

constantly from China, that gives us less leverage. It give us less

leverage to talk about human rights, it also is giving us less leverage

to talk about the uneven trading relationship that we have with China.

We should want to encourage trade with China , there’s nothing wrong

with that and we want the standard of living of the people in China to

improve, but if they’re devaluing their currency to make their goods

cheaper and our goods more expensive and we’re not challenging them, if

they’re stealing our intellectual property, our copyrights and we don’t

say anything about it, we don’t take them before the World Trade

Organization, if they’re dumping cheap steel or cheap goods into this

country because they’re subsidized by the Chinese government and we’re

not challenging them – that’s just not fair. And it’s not right and it’s

going to undermine our economic position over the long term.

The Latest
The longtime West Side congressman is locked in a Democratic primary with community activist Kina Collins.
Ride-hailing drivers and food delivery workers in Chicago are adjusting their driving habits to make up for the rising cost of fuel.
The area recently made history by gaining its first Asian American City Council member, and this same area should make history by being allowed to have its own high school.
Cecilia Thomas was inside a car when another car approached and someone inside the second car opened fire, striking her in the head, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
Grandparent is holding back emotions out of fear of never seeing the boys again.